Connect with us
Artist and colorist leave DC Vertigo's 'Border Town' in response to abuse allegations against writer Eric M. Esquivel

Comic Books

Artist and colorist leave DC Vertigo’s ‘Border Town’ in response to abuse allegations against writer Eric M. Esquivel

In response to recent allegations, two thirds of Border Town’s creative team will exit the comic.

Heads up: this article contains discussion of sexual assault and links to a graphic recount of events that allegedly occurred.

Artist Ramon Villalobos, and colorist Tamra Bonvillain have announced that they will leave DC Vertigo’s wildly popular series Border Town in response to sexual abuse allegations levied against the series’ writer, Eric M. Esquivel. 

Listen to the latest episode of our weekly comics podcast!

The allegations, posted publicly by an ex-partner of Esquivel’s, Cynthia Naugle on her Twitter account via link to her personal blog on December 9, 2018, detailed a history of emotional and sexual abuse affected by a person referred to as “X”, who works in the comic books industry. While Naugle’s initial post makes no direct reference to Esquivel, subsequent postings from industry insiders, as well as retweets from Naugle herself, indicate that the person referred to as “X”, is in fact Esquivel. 

On December 12, both Villalobos and Bonvillain shared messages indicating their exit from the book, and support for Naugle. Those tweets are included below:

Both DC Vertigo, and Esquivel, have yet to share a public statement. However, Esquivel did delete several social media channels prior to the news being made public, and set his Twitter to private.

Join the AIPT Patreon

Want to take our relationship to the next level? Become a patron today to gain access to exclusive perks, such as:

  • ❌ Remove all ads on the website
  • 💬 Join our Discord community, where we chat about the latest news and releases from everything we cover on AIPT
  • 📗 Access to our monthly book club
  • 📦 Get a physical trade paperback shipped to you every month
  • 💥 And more!
Sign up today
Comments

In Case You Missed It

'A.X.E.: Judgment Day' #5 changes Krakoa, resurrection, and the future of the X-Men 'A.X.E.: Judgment Day' #5 changes Krakoa, resurrection, and the future of the X-Men

‘A.X.E.: Judgment Day’ #5 changes Krakoa, resurrection, and the future of the X-Men

Comic Books

EXCLUSIVE Marvel Preview: X-Men #15 EXCLUSIVE Marvel Preview: X-Men #15

EXCLUSIVE Marvel Preview: X-Men #15

Comic Books

New Mutants #30 New Mutants #30

‘New Mutants’ #30 is a charming love letter to the team

Comic Books

'A.X.E.: Judgment Day' #5 features a lot of heroes dying 'A.X.E.: Judgment Day' #5 features a lot of heroes dying

‘A.X.E.: Judgment Day’ #5 features a lot of heroes dying

Comic Books

Connect
Newsletter Signup